Cheshire Freemason provides community response for the ambulance service

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Arwyn Jones is the Director of Ceremonies of St Oswalds Lodge No. 2992 in Malpas, the most southerly lodge in the Province of Cheshire. At this time of national emergency however, Arwyn is spending most of his free time in his voluntary role as an Enhanced Community First Responder for the North West Ambulance service NHS Trust

This means that Arwyn volunteers his time to respond to 999 calls within his community where he helps patients who are suffering with chest pains, having breathing difficulties, in diabetic emergencies, in cardiac arrest, or who are unconscious or fitting.

In addition, he is a qualified Field Trainer which allows him to run courses in the community on the use of Community Public Access Defibrillators, and also to train others who wish to become First Responders.

In these particularly difficult times for the NHS, and with the support of my family and work colleagues he continues to respond to 999 calls in his community with the appropriate PPE, and in addition volunteered to drive patient transport vehicles for conversion to A&E vehicles and be trained to carry out swab testing.

Other tasks that volunteer responders are undertaking include packaging PPE, transporting supplies to frontline colleagues and generally offering any operational support needed to assist the Ambulance Service and the wider NHS.

In happier times, Arwyn has attended a local school at the outset of the pandemic (when the schools were open and no lockdown in place) to talk to the children about the ambulance service generally and when to call 999., but in particular made a feature of washing hands and keeping healthy. 

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